TV Tip / Resource: “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” – BBC2
No, I won’t let the BBC’s choice of titles for its programmes ruin my enjoyment. The upcoming drama about the life of Anne Lister is called “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister”. Ok, ok, probably my fault that I think of Belle de Jour now, and I shouldn’t complain, seeing how they named their new drama about “the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow” – “Lip Service”. LIP SERVICE. Head -> desk -> rinse -> repeat.
But back to Anne Lister:
“I love and only love the fairer sex and thus beloved by them in turn, my heart revolts from any love but theirs.”
Portrait of Anne Lister by Joshua Horner, ca. 1830
Anne Lister, 1791–1840, was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was also a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.
I’m very excited that, for a change, focus of a period drama is on a lesbian character. Anne Lister is not the product of an author’s fantasy, but an actual historical personality, and this makes this twice as interesting. I don’t think we can really, from our modern point of view, fully appreciate how exceptional Anne Lister’s life and achievements were. Well done, BBC – I’m looking very much forward to this drama.
Maxine Peake stars in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, a bold and passionate new drama for BBC Two, written by Jane English and directed by James Kent. Cast: Anna Madeley; Susan Lynch; Christine Bottomley; Gemma Jones; Dean Lennox Kelly and Tina O’Brien.
“The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” is a 90-min. drama. No date available yet.
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